by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 20 comments and questions on Aging issues. They are listed according to date.
You can read them to further your understanding of the subject.
|Correct Johns Hopkins||Resources||USA|
|Finances for seniors||General||USA|
|Fall prevention handbook||Resources||USA|
|Senior's Computer Basics||Resources||USA|
|Recommended Saw Palmetto brand||Saw Palmetto for Enlarged Prostate||Ghana|
|Link offered from student||Resources||USA|
September 15, 2020
I hope your Tuesday is going well! My name is David and I’m reaching out on behalf of Senior Lifestyle communities, an owner, operator, and developer of senior living communities.
While conducting research on ways to support people during the COVID-19 pandemic, I came across the Healthy Aging Resources provided on Ron Kurtus' School for Champions website.
I found the page features incredibly helpful information and resources in regard to supporting seniors and caretakers, so I was wondering if you would be interested in including an additional resource to help support your community?
If so, I would like to suggest "How Seniors Can Stay Virtually Connected with Loved Ones" recently published by Senior Lifestyle. This provides the reader with 10 options for Seniors to stay in contact digitally during these uncertain times. Often times, older folk are less aware of the technology options at their disposal for communication, or simply do not understand their uses. This guide breaks down some of the more popular options for families to use to maintain communication with those they love. Each section breaks down each tool in a way that a beginner could understand the purpose and directs them to external ways to find out more information. I believe this could be an impactful additional resource to provide for your community during these times of great uncertainty.
Here is the full resource if you wish to look through it:
Thank you again for taking the time to consider my resource suggestion and please let me know if you have any feedback for me about its potential inclusion on the page.
Wishing you well,
Brittney - USA (29681)
Thanks for the resource. I added a link at:
Best wishes for success in your work.
Correct Johns Hopkins
August 18, 2020
No need to reply!
Thank you for a great collection of resources.
Just a note from someone who has lived in MD - it is The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Johns with an "s" - taken originally from a family surname.
Many of the news media misspell and misstate it.
Lynn - USA (29661)
Thanks for pointing that out to me. I made the correction from John Hopkins to Johns Hopkins.
It is also a good item for some Trivial Pursuit quiz.
Finances for seniors
January 31, 2020
I'm writing you about your healthy aging webpage, https://schoolforchampions.com/aging/resources.htm. I volunteer with a seniors' computer group at my library. I needed to find some online info pertaining to seniors for them to explore during the class. Your page has a great list of stuff we can use. Thanks so much for compiling it!
One of the teen volunteers, Rosie, came across a page with financial tips for seniors while helping me research, https://www.ignitespot.com/financial-tips-for-seniors
Rosie's doing volunteer work for her junior year and part of her credits are earned from reaching out and sharing resources with others online. So we both thought this page was one you would find useful to add to your website. Let me know if you can - I'd love to show her so she can check a box off her list already!
If you have any other seniors pages for our group, feel free to pass them on. Thanks again!
Cathryn - USA (29338)
Thanks to Rosie for the resource. I Added a link at: https://www.school-for-champions.com/aging/resources.htm#Finances
Best wishes for success in the your work.
May 8, 2019
I hope your Wednesday is going well. My name is Garrett and I’m reaching out on behalf of Baylor University's Online Graduate Programs. I work with the university to distribute useful school-generated content to credible and relevant websites with similar content and audience interests.
Recently, I came across the "Healthy Aging Resources" page on the School for Champions website, located here:
I was impressed by the gerontology resources you've assembled and was wondering if you'd be open to sharing an additional resource with your community?
If so, I’d like to suggest "How Communities Can Prepare for the Growing Aging Population," published by The MPH online program from Baylor University's Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. This resource discusses how to make communities more inclusive for the older adult population. It offers examples from ten age-friendly U.S. communities and further examines how changes in things like transportation, housing, and outdoor spaces can help people age actively. I believe this would be an excellent resource for your community as it is relevant to the gerontology resources provided on the page.
Below is the URL to the resource:
Would you be open to sharing this resource with your community on the webpage?
Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Garrett - USA (29027)
Thanks for the suggested resource. I added a link at Healthy Aging Resources.
Best wishes for success in your work.
Fall prevention handbook
February 26, 2019
Every 11 seconds, another senior has been treated in the emergency room for a fall-related injury. That statistic recently hit home for me personally when my dad fell last summer. So, I and a few others at Senior Caregiver Alliance have been focused putting together some resources on fall prevention ever since.
My dad was lucky and recovered quickly. Then, my sister and I came in and made some changes to his flooring and bathroom and gave him a personal alarm, which, of course, he hates. :). There was a bit of a learning curve for me and pages like yours here Aging Resources really helped a lot.
So I’ve prepared a Fall Prevention Toolkit, including your resources.
Judy - USA (28955)
I'm glad the Aging Resources on fall prevention have been useful to you and your father. It is a good idea of having a Fall Prevention Handbook for others to use.
Best wishes for success with your handbook and for the good health of your father.
Senior's Computer Basics
January 21, 2019
I wanted to write to you about your web page. I volunteer as a teacher for a computer class at my local senior center. Your page on Healthy Aging Resources has some great seniors pages that I plan on sharing with the group. Thanks a bunch!
My daughter, Jessie, also found a page on Seniors' Computer Basics. Can you include this in your list of resources? She's thinking about joining me as a volunteer, so I thought her sharing her suggestion online would give her an extra push. And help other seniors online. :-)
If you have any other resource suggestions, please let me know. Thanks again!
Alyssa - USA (28917)
Thanks for the suggested resource. I added it to the Healthy Aging Resources page under "Using the Computer."
Best wishes for your success in teaching and in having Jessie as a volunteer to help out.
August 9, 2018
Just came across your site. Great stuff. What do you think of adding the following article for your helpful resources on fall prevention?
A little different angle than some of the other links already posted. Anyways. I hope it helps. Thanks for all your work.
marc - USA (28664)
Thanks for the resource. I added the link to the Aging Resources page.
Recommended Saw Palmetto brand
August 4, 2018
Can you recommend any brand. I have taken several and is not working for me.
George - Ghana (28657)
Most brands of Saw Palmetto are very similar. You could compare prices to select the best one for you.
Saw Palmetto can give some relief from prostate problems, but it is not always effective for some people. It is usually used along with medications such as Tamsulosin (Flomax).
It is good to ask your doctor for suggestions to help your prostate problem.
Best wishes for helping your symptoms and for good health.
August 3, 2018
We just published a guide that to help seniors improve their well-being by shopping online and I thought that you may like to share it with your readers.
Here’s a link:
As online shopping becomes more popular among baby boomers and seniors, it’s important for these populations to stay informed, act smart and be safe when it comes to their purchasing decisions.
Here’s what our guide covers:
Ways online shopping can give seniors independence.
Online discount and saving tricks that aren’t available in stores.How seniors can become comfortable with technology
How seniors can protect their personal data safe
I hope you find our resource useful and will consider adding it to your collection of links under Seniors’ Resources.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with feedback or for more information.
Kat - USA (28656)
Thanks for the resource. I added a link at Healthy Aging Resources.
July 31, 2018
I hope your Tuesday is going well. My name is Brian and I'm reaching out on behalf of a company that works to help increase the presence of Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies online programs.
Today, I came across the Healthy Aging Resources page provided on the School for Champions website, located here:
I found the web page to be a highly notable collection of mental health resources for aging seniors to refer to.
As the page includes helpful mental health and depression resources, I wanted to reach out to see if you would be open to sharing an additional resource with your community titled “Mental Health Challenges for Aging Americans” published by Georgetown University.
This resource shares how to understand depression among aging Americans, including the factors that complicate diagnosis, and how to recognize and respond to depression among older adults.
I believe this would be a helpful resource to your community as it provides mental health and depression support for older adults.
Below is the URL to the aging mental health resource guide, if you'd like to share this with your community:
Would you be open to including this additional resource on the web page?
Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Brian - USA (28650)
June 15, 2018
Every 11 seconds, another senior has been treated in the emergency room for a fall-related injury. That statistic recently hit home for me personally when my dad fell last summer. So, I and a few others at Always Discovering have been focused putting together some resources on fall prevention ever since.
My dad was lucky and recovered quickly. Then, my sister and I came in and made some changes to his flooring and bathroom and gave him a personal alarm, which, of course, he hates. :). There was a bit of a learning curve for me and pages like yours here https://www.school-for-champions.com/aging/resources.htm really helped a lot.
So I’ve prepared a Fall Prevention Toolkit. I hope it will help you the way it’s helped me.
Angie - USA (28588)
Thanks for the suggested resources. I added the links in Aging Resources - Fall Prevention.
Best wishes for success in your work.
June 12, 2017
My grandmother on my mom's side suffered from dementia in her last few years.
It was extremely hard on my mom, who was the one sibling who lived near enough to take care of her. There were days when she was so sweet and thankful to my mom for loving her and being there for her. Then there were those days when grandma seemed to absolutely hate my mom and not know who she was. Yet my mom was still loving and dedicated, caring for her until she passed.
With that on my mind, I was looking for helpful resources to include in an upcoming roundup on caring for and understanding loved ones with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, when I found your resources page. Thank you for your effort in keeping those resources up to date.
Just thought I’d share this in-depth guide to improving safety for loved ones with Alzheimer's or Dementia who are living at home like my grandma did, so you can include it in your page.
How to Make a Home Safe for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Either way, thank you for your effort in keeping those resources up to date, and for supporting my goal of helping to make home a safer place for our loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia.
Yvonne - USA (28089)
Thanks for the suggested resource. I added it to Healthy Aging Resources.
Best wishes in your efforts to make home safer for loved ones with Alzheimer's.
Link offered from student
February 24, 2017
My name is Bella Melton, and I tutor middle school and high school students. I am helping a student of mine with a project about the growing problem of substance abuse among the elderly.
Anyway, thank you so much for posting information for seniors on your website. For example, this article (http://www.newbeginningsdrugrehab.org/guide-to-addiction-prevention-for-seniors) that my student Anna found valuable. Anna will surely use it for her project!
She also found this page and thought it would be an excellent addition to your website:
https://addictionresource.com/addiction/substance-abuse-among-seniors/ It’s an article on Addiction Resource that explains the reasons behind the problem of drug abuse among senior citizens.
If you do decide to add that link to your page, please let me know! I would be excited to show Anna that we’re able to give something back!
Bella - USA (27905)
Thanks to you and Anna for the link on substance abuse among seniors. I added the link on Healthy Aging Resources.
Best wishes for success in your class, as well as success for Anna in her project.
October 26, 2016
Ponce de León was famously seeking the Fountain of Youth - half a millennium ago. It turns out, we have drastically downplayed the role that life-extension played, in the emergence & development of Alchemy. And, that alchemy's objective scientific contributions (among the voluminous fluff) were more on-target than we acceded (because, 'you know what they were really trying to do'). The view that Aging & Death is an adversity, and that its elimination is a goal worthy of centuries of focused effort, is extravagantly supported by the extent record; is engrained in our institutions & culture.
Charles Lindbergh teamed up with Alex Carrel at the frontiers of biological science; Aging was their real target. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_Carrel)
Kim Stanley Robinson wrote the Red-Green-Blue Mars Trilogy. Elon Musk is using it's themes to promote his rocket business. The Mars Trilogy is 'cover', for exploring (and promoting) Life Extension as the future, and salvation of Humanity. This is Elon Musk's real interest in the Space Program: He will use very long missions (as does KSR) to advocate for solutions to aging.
There is a tipping-point coming, when the Public realizes that this can happen ... and demand that all efforts be bent to it. Champions will be given permission, to fully embrace excellence.
Ted - USA (27414)
Thanks for your insights and information. Life-extension certainly is an area worth pursuing. We plan to add information and resources on the subject.
October 24, 2016
I hope you are doing well!
I am Steve on of the editors of HomeAdviceGuide. We are currently working on promoting our "Bathroom Safety Guide for Seniors" that could be of great interest to your readers.
Up to 80% of falls in the home are in the bathroom. Due to a multitude of reasons, bathrooms are very hazardous. Bathrooms have unforgiving and slippery surfaces, and few dependable things to grasp onto, which greatly increases the chances for harm. By taking a few simple steps, we can make your bathroom a safer place.
Resource URL: http://www.homeadviceguide.com/bathroom-safety-for-seniors/
Our publication is well-researched, short and easy to understand, which makes it easy to be used as quick guide. Over 80 web site and many communities have already endorsed it for the information that it offers. By sharing it from your web site, you can make a difference by helping prevent further accidents in the bathroom.
Looking forward to your reply!
All the best
Steve - USA (27407)
Thanks for the resource. I added a link at Healthy Aging Resources.
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